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The father of one of the 17 victims of last week’s Florida high school shooting is facing backlash days after his daughter’s death because he was seen wearing a “Trump 2020” shirt.

Before Andrew Pollack received the unfathomable news that his 18-year-old daughter Meadow had been fatally shot by 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, he frantically searched for her for hours. During that time, he happened to be wearing a “Trump 2020” shirt, and when his photo started making its rounds online, many people sent hateful comments his way on social media.

“Is that, no it can’t be….. no, it is…. blood on his hands,” one Twitter user tweeted.

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“I’m unforgiveable, but it’s a little hard to feel sorry who supported this administration and its racist and its NRA supporting policies,” another added. “I feel sorry for daughter, but not for him. He probably doesn’t make the connection behind his Party’s policies and what happened to his child.”

“Sorry for his daughter but wearing a shirt for a politician who will do absolutely nothing in response to his daughter’s death is very ironic,” a third person wrote as the hateful remarks continued:

Meadow Pollack, a “beautiful girl, inside and out,” was laid to rest on Friday, while her killer sits in jail on 17 premeditated murder charges. She had big dreams to attend Lynn University for college, and her cousin Jake Maisner described her as the “baby” of the family.

“Everyone wanted to protect her,” he said.

Meadow Pollack
A photo of Meadow Pollack, one of the seventeen victims who was killed in the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, sits against a cross as part of a public memorial, in Parkland, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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